Chronicle of an American Suburb

Production Year: 
2002
Chronicle of an American Suburb

This multifaceted documentary is an extraordinary portrait of one of America's quintessential postwar suburbs, Park Forest, Illinois, from its founding to the present.

The film interweaves remarkable archival footage and contemporary interviews to explore the ideals and aspirations of the town's builders and residents, the sociology of the suburban "Organization Man" as documented in William H. Whyte's famous Park Forest research in the 1950s, and the town's subsequent struggles to survive economic, racial, and societal change.

Premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and broadcast on WTTW in Chicago.

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Chronicle of an American Suburb